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Postby Rubberchickenknight » Sat Feb 05, 2005 2:51 am

i believe this was my first set, and i'll give it a 8/10. i have lots of happy memories of playing with it. sadly i lost the wizard hat. but i still have most of the parts, except the scroll is a bit faded from too much playing with(makes it look more mysterious :wink: )
a good set :D
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Postby dJOLe_sk8 » Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:01 pm

Oh,this is one of two first sets(beside the black monarch's ghost)and I really like it...Not just because of nostalgia...this is a wonderfull set...You have a wizard(I love him but I also think that there is no need for many of this in your collection),the barrel with those precious stones,the goblet(I like when it's non-colored)and a short sword(the brest knights'armor)...There's is a falcon too...and the tree...
I have just counted the all set's parts...and I love them all...
It's really wonderful set...
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Postby AmberStone » Sun Jun 11, 2006 2:04 pm

I got this set off eBay for a good price. I wanted a Wizard and it was easily inserted into my Forestmen sets. I didn't realize the corner pieces were brown, I thought they would be black like the branches. :?

I consider this to be the poor man's version of Majisto's Magical Workshop (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?S=6048-1)
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby gormadoc1 » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:36 pm

Its one of the best set's ever :D , definetley 10/10 simple yet fantastic. So buy it :eyebrows: BUY IT NOW AND EVERY MAJISTO SET YOU CAN :spin:

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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby Skalldyr » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:14 am

Ahhhhh, yea! My first castle set! As a child I had so much fun with it. :D
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby Evil Ben » Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:19 pm

This one was in my Dark Age, so I don't have it. It seems to be full of useful pieces, though (not that this is particularly obvious from the set photo). The torso is nice and generic, even if you have no interest in any (more) wizards. There is a limit to how many blue wizard hats I can use - but that's hardly a fair criticism of this set. I also loathe that wand piece, but that's a purely personal thing, and it wouldn't put me off buying the set. Generally I think this is a rather nice small set and was a good addition to the Dragon Knights/Masters/Whatever-they-are line. I'd certainly buy one (or more) if it were re-released tomorrow.
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby Count Blacktron » Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:04 pm

I was buying Pirates and Soldiers sets when I came out of my Dark Ages, then I encountered this set and the impulse sized Black Knight set. They tipped me over into Castle and a true addiction. This is one of the sweetest small creations in the official LEGO set categories I ever have had the pleasure to build. More impulse items like this are what is needed.
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby The Blue Knight » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:37 pm

Count Blacktron wrote:I was buying Pirates and Soldiers sets when I came out of my Dark Ages, then I encountered this set and the impulse sized Black Knight set. They tipped me over into Castle and a true addiction. This is one of the sweetest small creations in the official LEGO set categories I ever have had the pleasure to build. More impulse items like this are what is needed.


I second the notion! More of these great impulse sets. The Count is right, this was a great set, though in an increasingly bleak time for Castle. But this one had a great selection of parts, Merlin/Majisto/Palatine/Gandalf and it fit into any castle thing you were building. Nowadays the "extra" parts in such sets are all ballistae-type things or a rock. Charlie Brown gets rocks for Halloween...
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby Cryptic^Writings » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:30 am

one of my fav small set ever!
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Postby insurrection » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:35 pm

Azaghal wrote:
Bruce N H wrote:this set was basically for kids who wanted a wizard but couldn't get the big sets.

Bruce


I was one of those kids. I

So was I! Haha :)

Hard to judge if its out of pure nostalgia or not but I still like the set, and have it on display (as part of a bigger diorama).
Someone wrote it was more of a Forestmen-style building than Dragon Masters and well... I don't relly mind :D
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby baniaj2 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:47 pm

Great set for parts and I liked the compact design. It also allowed me to justify having Majisto work with the forestmen.
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby Sir Prog » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:04 pm

architect wrote:Join the weekly Classic Castle set review discussion. Please post your opinions on the set play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which sets stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6020 Magic Shop.

Magic Shop was released in 1993 for the Dragon Masters. This tree workshop was for Majisto/Merlin. It contained various magical accessories including a spell scroll and glow in the dark magic wand.

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The Magic Shop is quite a hidden gem for me personally. First of all, by the time magicians were introduced into the castle line, my interests were motivated more toward other genres like town and space (oh, those space sets from the 90s were fabulous!). However, I did manage to acquire this small magic shop and I have some unique qualities I'd like to mention.

First of all, the beard piece was one-of-a-kind at the time, as well as the blue minifig wardrobe. Interesting enough, my eyesight was ALWAYS drawn toward figures that had a tiny little pouch on their belt loop. That was always my favorite forestmen figure, and it pouch is replicated (for perhaps potion powder instead of coinage?) with this magician. Also, buyers are treated to a more realistic "woodland" style base, which gives the collection and the set piece stronger playability than say, the tiny cart that accompanied later wizards. Plus, this set was one of the first to include the *cough*Parrot*cough* mono-colored falcon.

Other set pieces of interest include the clear cup, ladder piece, flames, wand, and witchcraft scroll. This was the first set I ever saw with a clear cup [most prior cups bearing a gold/yellow tint]. The ladder piece was still pretty new at the time as well. The flames were completely innovative from what passed as fire before that point so snatching this set up for the new-wave design pieces was worth more than the set's standalone playability. The wand was glow-in-the-dark [following in the spooky footsteps of the previous line's glowing ghost] but still cool. Finally, any soft/flat tablets was always game in my book and I looked forward to each new invention (treasure map, scroll, money, etc.).

Good addition for Lego maniacs that didn't have enough money to buy the large castle sets but still wanted to add a wizard to the collection.

Fig design - 9.0 (for its time great, but could have used a black cape or backpack)
Set design - 9.5
Overall - 9.5
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby veevers24 » Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:31 pm

To be honest, I never saw why people liked Majisto - he would have looked better in black

The set is ok though 6/10
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Re: Weekly Set Review: Magic Shop

Postby dyntar » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:45 pm

This one one of the last sets I bought before my dark ages.
I always displayed this one with the forest men set and created a mini forest around it. This sort of made the wizard more of a hermit or wise man who could be used by any faction.

It has a great selection of parts which were new to the theme at the time.. beards, wizard hat, wand, magic scroll, flame pieces and different coloured birds.
Not an action filled set but great for filling out a castle scene.
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